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Department of Educational Leadership

Department of Educational Leadership

Programs of Study
Department of Educational Leadership
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On this page: Find descriptions of and links to the various programs of study in the Department of Educational Leadership at SDSU.


Credential Programs

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program

This credential authorizes the holder to provide administrative services for grades K-12 including:

  • Development and assessment of instructional programs
  • Management of school site, district, or county fiscal services; hiring, assigning, supervising, and evaluating certificated and classified personnel
  • Providing discipline to students and employees
  • Development of student support services  

The Credential Only option is available to those who already hold a master's degree; these students are required to complete a 30-unit credential sequence.

Learn more about this credential program.

Clear Administrative Services Credential Program

This program offers novice administrators professional development grounded in real work for the schools and districts they serve and informed by the leadership systems and practices found in America’s highest performing schools.

Learn more about this credential program.

Master of Arts Programs

M.A. in EDL with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Option

The M.A. in PK-12 Educational Leadership requires students to complete coursework required for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (above), plus:

    • 9 additional units related to research 
    • Completion of an action research project 
Learn more about the MA in EDL with embedded credential program.

M.A. in EDL (online) with Technology Focus

The Online Master of Arts degree in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and a Specialization in PreK-12 is a collaboration between San Diego State University and the San Diego County Office of Education. All courses in this program are taught with a focus on technology.

Learn more about the online MA in EDL with techology focus.


Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) - PK-12 Concentration

The Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) Program in Educational Leadership, with PK-12 Concentration, is designed as a professional doctorate degree within which carefully selected student cohorts develop advanced research and leadership skills related to their institutional settings.

Learn more about the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, PK-12 concentration. (Note: for information about the community college / post-secondary concentration, see below.)

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) Community College/ Post-Secondary Concentration

  • In the right place? SDSU also offers a doctoral program in educational leadership through the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education (ARPE):

The Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) Program in Educational Leadership, with Community College/ Post Secondary Concentration, is designed as a professional doctorate degree within which carefully selected student cohorts develop advanced research and leadership skills related to their institutional settings. Learn more on the ARPE website.

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